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Model Rail

March 2020

Model Rail magazine is the UK's biggest-selling magazine dedicated to railway modelling. Every issue is packed with the country’s finest home and club layouts, stunning photography, unbiased and in-depth product reviews, expert tips, layout plans and step-by-step articles that really show you how. In our unique ‘Workbench’ section, we tackle a wide range of modeling skills and projects. Our expert writers and model-makers will help you to get the most from your hobby and build the layout of your dreams. Model Rail is published 13 times a year, every four weeks.

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United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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1 min.
model rail brought to you by

Richard Foster Richard’s trying his best to get every branch line onto his layout! There’ll be plenty of visiting locomotives… George Dent Having spent much more time in the office recently, George is itching to get back to his modelling workshop! Chris Leigh Chris is pledged to have a massive spring-clean in order to have lots of second-hand kits and bits to sell on May 23. Chris Gadsby A new house means a new layout. While it’s set in the modern day, there are a lot of railtours on at the moment! Chris Nevard Our ace snapper is building a name for himself on the folk music circuit. Is there no end to his talents? Peter Marriott Peter is our jet-setting scenic guru. Knows what products are available and how to get the very best from them. Dave Lowery Professional model maker Dave…

3 min.
welcome

www.facebook.com/modelrail www.twitter.com/modelrailuk It seems that every month brings fresh concerns about the environment. From freak weather conditions to devastating fires, our relationship with Mother Nature seems particularly fragile. I’m sure most Model Rail readers will be doing everything possible to help protect the natural world, but the very nature of our hobby means that we are, in our own way, contributing to the problem. Our baseboards are made of wood, we use huge quantities of plastic and our models consume electricity. I dread to think of the carbon footprint left by shipping models from China to the UK. And, of course, once we’ve built a layout, we tend to scrap it and start another one… Of course, I’m not advocating that everyone stops railway modelling. Far from it. Pastimes like ours are vital for…

1 min.
‘16xx’ news

Model Rail’s exclusive ‘OO’ gauge ‘16XX’ 0-6-0PT has moved on a stage with the assembly of the first prototype off the tooling. This is to test the look and fit of the plastic parts in the first stage of the production process. Rapido’s Bill Schneider sent us these photographs of the model which is now in transit from the US to the UK. This is a hand assembled prototype built from available parts, so there are some missing components and the chassis has been temporarily adapted to take a tension-lock coupling, which will be repositioned on the production models. Fire-irons, spare lamp irons and the alternative chimney, where appropriate, will be included for fitting by the customer. Pre-orders are now being taken (see page 114) and we are aiming for delivery later…

1 min.
‘oo’ beyer garratt reappears

Previously produced in association with Hattons, this second run of ‘OO’ gauge Beyer Garrett locomotives is now part of the standard Heljan range. These impressive models boast an upgraded dual motor arrangement, an 8-pin DCC socket and directional working lamps. This second production run is bound to prove popular, and it includes ten livery options, encompassing various LMS and BR black versions, as well as the striking LMS ‘photographic grey’. There’s also a choice of original or rotary coal bunkers and both pristine and weathered finishes will be available. Price: £249.00 Availability: All Heljan stockists…

2 min.
oxford rail reveals 2020 line-up

Oxford Rail has announced that its 2020 range will include the ‘J26’ and three wagons. The manufacturer already revealed the ‘J27’, a modification of the ‘J26’, and has now elected to produce the predecessor. Three versions are planned with all of them having the option to be sound-fitted from the factory. The ‘J26’ was first built in 1904 at Darlington where 30 were built over two years before a further 20 were built at Gateshead. They were built to improve upon the ‘J25’ after the North Eastern Railway’s General Manager George S.Gibb travelled to the United States and observed how things were done there. The boiler diameter was increased by 15in on the ‘J26’ and it had a 1ft longer firebox, although a sloping fire grate had to be fitted to…

1 min.
in brief

MODEL MUSEUM Fingal County Council has opened the Casino Model Railway Museum following the completion of a €4 million restoration programme. It is now the permanent home of the Fry Model Railway collection and it will also accommodate a large modern model railway layout depicting several railway scenescapes in Ireland, interactive displays, soundscapes, an education and exhibition space and historical interpretations and memorabilia from Irish Railways. The museum is now open to the public and visitor information can be found at www.modelrailwaymuseum.ie CRANE CHARACTERS Osborn’s Models has released a set of three painted figures to complement Bachmann’s Ransomes & Rapier crane. Included is a crane operator, crane assistant and an inspector, with the set available from Osborn’s Models for £6.95. MINERVA CEMENTS ITS POSITION Minerva Model Railways has announced it will produce the private-owner Iron Mink van…